Plantar Warts

Convenient, Effective Treatment for Plantar Warts

Warts on feet, commonly known as plantar warts, can be a substantial nuisance to your day-to-day life. Not only are they unsightly and potentially embarrassing, but they can also be irritating or even painful if they’re positioned in a load-bearing location, or in a spot that encounters a lot of friction from shoes and socks.

And until recently, treating warts on feet could also be a substantial nuisance. Even the “best” options could be painful, require inconvenient aftercare, and were frustratingly inconsistent.

Not anymore! Thanks to new Swift Microwave Therapy, eliminating plantar warts has never been simpler, more effective, or more convenient.

But first, let’s talk a little bit about the warts themselves.

What Are Warts?

Warts are raised, fleshy, grainy growths that form due to a viral infection in the uppermost layers of skin. If you look closely, you may notice that the wart disrupts the natural “lines” of your footprint, and may have one or more black “pinpoints” (caused by small, clotted blood vessels) within the lesion.

When a wart is in a load-bearing area, such as under the heel or ball of the foot, it may appear flattened and covered by hard, callused skin. It also may be painful or tender.

How Did I Get Warts?

Warts are caused by strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV.

The virus is very common and especially prefers environments that are warm and moist—like the inside of your shoes, or the floors of gyms, locker rooms, or pool decks. If you don’t change your shoes and socks when they get damp, or you walk barefoot in public spaces, you may be more at risk of developing warts.

The virus enters the upper layers of skin through weak points, including cuts or tiny breaks. These can be so small you don’t even really notice them.

Should I Treat My Warts?

Ignoring your plantar warts is an option if they are not bothering you. Most warts will go away on their own, although it may take months or years.

However, we do strongly encourage that you have your warts treated by a professional—and not just because you’ll look better and feel better. Warts are contagious, and if you ignore them they can easily spread to other parts of your body, or even to other people that you live or interact with. While you may not be especially bothered by your warts now, it’s better to stop them before they have a chance to become a much larger and more difficult problem.

We do not recommend any home remedies or over-the-counter products for warts, as these treatments are generally ineffective and usually a waste of time and money.

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Advanced Treatment for Plantar Warts: Swift Microwave Therapy

What Is It?

Swift Microwave Therapy is a revolutionary treatment option for warts that offers improved cure rates, greater convenience, less pain, and zero downtime or aftercare when compared to traditional wart therapies.

Instead of cutting out, peeling away, or freezing off the wart (like traditional treatments), Swift is an immunotherapy technique that helps your body’s immune system rapidly fight off the infection. Following this, the wart disappears on its own, without needing to be forcibly destroyed or removed.

The main reason that warts take so long to heal on their own, under normal circumstances, is because the immune system typically doesn’t “patrol” the uppermost layers of skin as vigilantly as other areas of the body. The virus can thus evade detection and avoid being targeted for removal by the body. 

Swift uses a short (2-3 seconds) burst of microwaves to heat up water molecules in the upper layers of skin, which cause enough friction to get the immune system’s attention. The HPV is caught red-handed, and the body gets to work healing the wart.

What Can I Expect from Treatment?

At the session, we’ll gently debride the wart to improve contact, which is completely painless. Then, we’ll perform the actual microwave therapy.

As stated, this only takes a couple of seconds. You may feel some mild discomfort and a heating sensation. However, this is extremely short-lived. No anesthetics are needed.

Because the therapy is non-invasive, there’s no bleeding or bandages, either, and you don’t need to do anything afterward at home. Just go back to your normal day-to-day routine.

To fully eradicate your warts, you usually need about 3-4 sessions of the Swift Therapy. (This is about the same number that you’d need for more destructive therapies as well.)

Get Rid of Your Plantar Warts the Easy Way

If you’re struggling with plantar warts that just won’t go away, please give our office a call. Swift Microwave Therapy is a much better choice than traditional wart treatments—to say nothing of home remedies—and it’s completely safe for kids, too!

You can reach our Lee’s Summit office at (816) 246-4222, or use our contact form to request information or an appointment online.

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